World War One Memorial Plaque to Herbert A Notcutt with Father`s Imperial Service Medal
Otherwise known as Dead Man’s Penny
Herbert A Notcutt served as Private 35560 in the South Wales Borderers
Name: NOTCUTT, HERBERT ALFRED Initials: H A Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Private Regiment/Service: South Wales Borderers Unit Text: “B” Coy. 5th Bn. Age: 27 Date of Death: 24/03/1918 Service No: 35560 Additional information: Son of William Charles and Agnes Notcutt, of 99, Hungerford Rd., Holloway, London. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: I. 1. 10. Cemetery: DELSAUX FARM CEMETERY, BEUGNY He is entitled to a British War Medal and Victory Medal Pair.
Details of the Cemetery where he is buried below:
Delsaux Farm was a point on the German defensive system known as the Beugny-Ytres line, which was reached by Commonwealth troops on 18 March 1917, and passed on the following day. The farm was lost on 23 March 1918 after the gallant defence of Beugny by the 9th Welsh Regiment and their withdrawal, but it was retaken by the 5th Division on 2 September 1918, and on the next day the same division occupied Beugny village. After their advance in March 1918, the Germans made a cemetery (Beugny Military Cemetery No.18) at the cross-roads, and in it buried 103 Commonwealth and 82 German dead. The site was extended in October – November 1918 by the 29th and 46th Casualty Clearing Stations, which came to Delsaux Farm and made the present cemetery. A little later, the German graves of March 1918 were removed and the 103 Commonwealth dead reburied in Plot I, Row J, Plot II, Row A, and Plot III, Rows B, C and D. The rest of the cemetery was made when graves were later brought in from the battlefield. Delsaux Farm Cemetery contains 495 burials and commemorations of the First World War. 61 of the burials are unidentified and 32 others, identified as a whole but not individually, are marked with headstones inscribed “Buried near this spot”. The cemetery was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens.